December 20, 2009

Snow & Cocoa

For as long as I can remember, I've associated snow with hot cocoa. I grew up in NY and used to love waking up to our front lawn covered in a blanket of fresh and untouched snow. My brothers and I would jump out of bed and rush to get our snow suits and boots on so that we could head out and play.
I remember one particular year, I think it was '87 or '88, there was a huge blizzard and we woke to find that we were snowed in. It was so exciting to shovel ourselves out throw the front door, like a great adventure. We spent all day building snow forts with our neighbor Michael, and waging war against each other with snow ball fights. And when we were cold, soaked, and finally tired, we ran back inside and peeled off our layers while mom made us hot cocoa. Dry clothing on my damp skin as the sweet warm cocoa warmed me was always one of my favorite feelings. Cozy. Soft. Almost like a simple luxury.
Walking through Central Park today, after this winter's first blizzard, I couldn't help remembering those days as I watched children sledding down small hills. It was awesome to see how happy and care free they were! And it reminded me, instead of listening to the news about the ominous snow storm on the tv, we should look forward to the beautiful snow flakes falling from the sky, covering the ground and making the streets a playground for us to enjoy. And then we can go home and have a cup of cocoa.

Hot Cocoa
1 Cup Milk (regular, soy, almond, rice,.....)
1 Tbsp Agave
1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/8 Tsp Ground Cardamom
1/4 Tsp Cinammon
Pinch Ground Cloves

Combine the milk and agave and heat in the microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes.
In the meantime, combine the cocoa powder with the spices in a mug. When the milk is hot, pour it slowly into the cocoa mixture, stirring as you pour to prevent lumps.


  1. Yum! This looks good! I have some homemade almond milk that is begging to be paired with some cocoa. I am new to being dairy-free and gluten-free so I am really excited about this recipe.

    Now if I can just figure out a rice milk that doesn't trigger my gag reflex . . .

  2. Homemade almond milk? Sound delic! I may have to give that one a try :)

  3. Cool snow pictures. Nice photography!
    Thanks for this adorable post having a delicious recipe. I love this cocoa. It is one of my favorite drink.